The Queensland Tourism Industry Council is excited to present a new Tourism Award Program in 2021 to recognise Queensland’s diverse and outstanding regional destinations.

QTIC’s Top Tourism Town Awards aim to recognise and reward towns: 

  • that offer an amazing visitor experience  

  • where tourism operators, businesses and the local community work together to make their town the best destination it can be  

  • who demonstrate a strong commitment and encourage tourism and increased visitation   

There are two Awards in the 2021 Program: 

  1. Top Tourism Town Award – those with a population over 5,000  

  1. Small Tourism Town Award – those with a population below 5,000 

Nationally, in 2021 the Top Tourism Town program is being introduced in each state and territory as part of the Australian Tourism Awards series. 

State winners will have the opportunity to represent Queensland at the National Awards and be named Australia’s Top Tourism Town!  

Our towns support local businesses and local jobs, and keep our regional communities thriving. The QTIC Top Tourism Towns is an opportunity for Regional Tourism Organisations,  Local Tourism Organisations, and Councils in conjunction with their accredited Visitor Information Centre to showcase their local town as great visitor destinations, be recognised, and raise awareness of what’s special and unique about their part of Queensland! 

Who can Nominate?

Nominations will be accepted by an accredited Visitor Information Centre.  Visitor Information Centres are encouraged to work with their Regional Tourism Organisation, Local Tourism Organisation, Council or committed group of local operators.  

How to Enter

Please read the Top Tourism Town overview here.
Nominations will open on 19th January via
*Top Tourism Town was held in Tasmania in 2020, view sample winning Top Tourism Town submission here.

Key Dates:  

Nominations Open 

19 January 2021 

Nominations Close 

  • Nomination forms must be completed by 5pm, 23 February, 2021 

23 February 2021 

Submissions Due 

  • Submissions including Editorial Article, Itinerary and Video can be received and uploaded any time up to 5pm, 30 March 2021. An expert panel of experienced tourism professionals will review and score each entry. 

30 March 2021 

Consumer / Public Voting Period 

  • All entrants that reach a score of 75% from the judges will be deemed a finalist and proceed to the public voting component of the awards process. 

13 April to 27 April 2021

Queensland Winners Announced 

  • Queensland’s Top Tourism Town and Top Small Tourism Town will be announced May 2021 (date and details to be determined) 

May 2021 

Click here for the TOP TOURISM TOWN promotional flyer